Todd Bishop hosts the birthday party. He invited a couple of interesting people, not all of them came to wish a happy birthday. This post just contains my favorite snatches of conversation I picked up at the party.
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The consumer version of Windows Vista was released exactly one year ago, that is on January 30, 2007. Volume license customers were able to get it two months earlier. At that time, I wondered why Microsoft missed the Christmas sales. Considering how long it took until the first Vista computers showed up in the shops, this move was not too bad with hindsight. It seems as if Microsoft already knew that it would be a long way to go for Vista. Nobody believed that adoption would still be a topic on Vista's first birthday.
Note that the citations are not in the order they were posted in Bishop's articles.
Charles Walling, a user:
Bill Gates and Co., with all their billions of dollars, should come up with a fix" to make sure that printers work with Vista…
Genovese, 13-year-old user:
It ended up being so many things that wouldn't work, that you get to the point where you just say, this thing has failed.
Barry Goffe, director of product management in the Windows group:
Because we made this conscious choice, to make architectural changes to improve security, we knew that there were going to be some things that broke…We tried to fix many of those things before we shipped Windows Vista. But the way ecosystems work, we weren't able to fix everything, and our partners weren't able to fix everything. Since we've shipped Windows Vista, we've done a tremendous amount of work with our partners, with the ecosystem, to improve compatibility of devices and applications.
In theory, Windows Vista should perform as fast as Windows XP. In reality, we found that Vista usually requires faster hardware and more hardware to get there.
Jon Bach, president of Puget Systems, a company that makes high-end custom computers:
But as soon as people realized that Vista had some maturity problems in the code, the big manufacturers promptly added it back. ... We're seeing, you could say 50-50, but it's a little bit swaying toward Vista."
Neil Charney, general manager in Microsoft's PC Windows group:
When XP first came out, I remember some of the questions were, why do I need this XP? My Windows 98 SE is good enough, I'm happy with it. There were concerns about compatibility then, as well, and compatibility is always a concern as we release a new operating system.
Bill Hibler, computer store owner:
I'm still stocking almost as much XP as I am Vista
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